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US team to help Nigeria locate kidnapped girls

Protesters marched in support of the girls kidnapped by members of Boko Haram in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington.

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Protesters marched in support of the girls kidnapped by members of Boko Haram in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a U.S. team will head to Nigeria as soon as possible to aid in the search for nearly 300 teenage girls abducted from their school more than three weeks ago.

Spokesman Jay Carney says Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated the offer during a conversation Tuesday with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Carney says ‘‘time is of the essence.’’ He urged the Nigerian government to ensure that it is using all available resources to ensure the safe return of the girls.

Carney says the U.S. team would include military and law enforcement personnel capable of sharing with the Nigerians expertise in intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiating and victim assistance.

President Barack Obama and Kerry were to discuss the issue at a White House meeting Tuesday afternoon.

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